Barbara Ann Cochran

Gold Medal: A Family Affair

Sep 13, 2013

In 1972. a family from Vermont captured the hearts of America at the Sapporo Olympics. 

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After a medal-less 1968 Olympics for the U.S. Ski Team, the eyes of America were on the Cochran family from Vermont as the 1972 Olympics came to Sapporo, Japan. The team was a family affair: Bobby, Marilyn and Barbara Ann. Heavy snow was falling on the slalom course on the final day of the games as Barbara Ann drew bib No. 1 and battled into the lead after the first run.